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2128 – breaking news: a landslide destroyed the road between Karyes and Dafni

According to these two Facebook video‘s (nr two) from Alex the road between Karyes and Dafni has yesterday (5/4/2020) been badly damaged due to heavy rainfall and bad weather conditions of the past days in Greece (thanks Alex for sharing … Continue reading

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2127 – The mediaeval tower at the arsanas of Karakallou

Our taxibus that would take us to Karyes suddenly stopped for a sanitary stop by the side of the road. We took the opportunity to look around. We were close to the arsanas of Karakallou. We saw this impressive mediaeval … Continue reading

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2126 – Roaming around the Great Lavra

After our arrival at the Great Lavra, we sat and rested for a while at the archondiriki. We had walked the kalderimi from Prodromou. We received the hospitality gratefully; fresh water, Greek coffee and loukoumi. Four impressions taken directly from … Continue reading

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2125 – Objects from the past in Lavra

Lavra is the oldest and biggest monastery on The Holy Mountain. The monastery has a large courtyard with all kinds of hidden spots where objects from the past are stored as if it were an open air museum. The pre-Christian … Continue reading

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2124 – the Corona virus and Athos – update 4 (31/3)

Update 4: the coronavirus is found in the other three monks who traveled together with 55-year old monk from the Monastery of Xenophontos in Great Britain. Their ages range from 40 to 55 years. They are hospitalized in Thessaloniki (look … Continue reading

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2123 – A pilgrim’s hike between Gomati and Megali Panaghia in Chalkidiki

Not only on Athos but also outside the Holy Mountain there are interesting trails to hike with more or less the same look and feel. Theodosios Simonopetritis, in response of our previous post about the pilgrim’s route to Ierissos, send … Continue reading

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2122 – The old pilgrimage routes to the Holy Mountain

This old map from a German book dated 1934 makes it clear that the pilgrim’s  route to the Holy Mountain started in Ierissos. There were two possibilities, the eastern route to Vatopedi, Iviron and eventually Lavra and the route that … Continue reading

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